LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Calvin Borel, a jockey who has won the Kentucky Derby three times, is going to retire.

Borel has informed his agent, Larry Melancon, that he has retired from riding, Melancon said on Wednesday. 

Borel is a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, and retires as the second leading rider in Churchill Downs history, according to the racetrack's official Twitter account.

Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery issued a statement Wednesday morning.

"Along with his three Kentucky Derby victories and his status as one of the most accomplished jockeys in Churchill Downs history, Calvin’s 20 years at our track were as notable for his relationship with our fans as his excellence on the track," Flanery said. "Calvin rose to racing's Hall of Fame from humble beginnings, and that was reflected in his ongoing relationship with our fans -- and especially children. He loved the kids and felt a responsibility to provide a positive image to them and to let them know daily how much he appreciated them. There have been few, if any, individuals quite like Calvin Borel in 142 years of history at Churchill Downs. We thank him for a job well done and wish him the best in the future."

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